KUCHING: Senior fellow of the Malaysian Council of Professors Dr Jeniri Amir has been appointed as a panel advisor of the Communications Programme Industry at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).
He was officially informed of his two-year appointment through an official letter sent by the faculty’s dean, Associate Professor Dr Asmady Idris.
As a panel advisor, Jeniri will be responsible to assist in various matters related to the university’s academic development in communication programmes.
His responsibilities will include giving counselling on the effectiveness of specific courses in the curriculum structure of the communications programme based on industry needs; to come out with proposals aimed at improving specific courses in the programme based on industry needs and international standard and; propose continuous improvement on the programme’s quality to ensure graduates from the faculty are not only highly qualified but meet the market needs.
In addition, Jeniri, who is New Sarawak Tribune’s and Suara Sarawak’s chief executive officer (CEO) would assist in strengthening research, publication, consultancy, conferences and cooperation with industry at home and abroad.
He is also tasked to encourage industry involvement among academics and students to enhance the expertise and experience of academics and industry students.
Jeniri’s appointment is seen as most deserving based on merits.
The former associate professor of Unimas is currently also adjunct professor of Unimas’ Faculty of Language and Communication.
He is well known as an academician, political analyst, prolific writer and columnist and often being invited to conduct workshops on book writing and to write articles and speeches by various parties.
Obtaining his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in political communication from the University of Malaya in 2008, he is also a member of the National Unity Ministry think-tank group.
To date, he was written over 3,000 articles including commentaries published in various newspapers and magazines in the country. He had also authored more than 50 books.
Among his books are Interview Techniques, Make Money by Writing, Writing a Biography, Rosli Dhoby: Merdeka Dengan Darah, Datu Bandar Abang Mustapha: Freedom Fighter for the Independence of Sarawak and Melanau in Sarawak.
Jeniri is among the country’s leading political analysts and is widely featured on various television channels such as Astro Awani, TV1, TV3, Bernama TV as well as Channel News Asia in Singapore besides being quoted by various media in the country.
He is a recipient of the Kenyalang Book Award 2016, National Book Award 2014, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak Scholarly Book Award 2014 and Sarawak Prolific Writer Award 1993.